Our office prides itself on taking challenging cases and getting results. Chiropractic adjusting combined with advanced soft tissue techniques helps us get results where other clinics have failed.
If we need additional tools for the most difficult cases, Manipulation Under Anesthesia can be used.
Despite this, there are some things that we just can’t improve.
Arthritis can’t be changed by anything we will do in the office, regardless of how effective our treatments are.
Like old soft tissue injuries.
Some injuries just don’t respond as expected. That old shoulder injury or elbow injury that never healed properly.
You could try a cortisone injection. Except that steroids destroy the health of your tendons FOREVER. Even a single injection can weaken tendons for the rest of your life.
What about surgery? Joint replacements can be the best choice you ever made. Or the worst. And there’s no way to predict which category you will fall into after your surgery.
I’ve had patients who did phenomenally well after their joint replacements. On the other hand, I’ve had patients who had adhesions and infections, leading to a 2nd or 3rd or even 4th surgery.
So what’s the answer?
Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) and Stem Cells. These are the future of regenerative medicine and the subject of a large number of medical research studies.
Platelet Rich Plasma (aka PRP)
PRP is a solution produced from your own blood that contains growth factors and healing factors to drive your body to heal itself. This is a very simple and safe procedure that has helped countless numbers of patients who were suffering from any number of chronic conditions.
Dentists and podiatrists have been using PRP for many years know to heal conditions like advanced gum disease, dental implants, plantar fascitis and Achilles’ tendon injuries.
Most courses of PRP involve a series of 3 procedures done about 2 weeks apart. With this approach, your joint is being constantly flooded with healing messages over a much longer period of time.
Stem Cell Therapy
In its early days, stem cells got a bad rap because of the association with tissue obtained from aborted fetuses. That is NOT where the stem cells for regenerative medicine come from. Rather the stem cells used for regenerative medicine come from the amniotic fluid and umbilical cord tissues from planned C-section births where the mom has undergone an extensive screening process to make sure she would be a good donor.
The stem cells are then specially processed and preserved at very cold temps for storage until they are ready for use.
Stem cells and growth factors are then injected directly into the problem joint. Stem cells are also under heavy investigation for use in conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.
Stem cells generally have a stronger response over PRP, but because of the expense of capturing them in the first place and the challenge with keeping them preserved, are a more expensive treatment option.